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The Village Committee

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Terms of Reference


Pursuant to section 41(1) of the Local Government Act 1999, the District Council of Loxton Waikerie resolved on 15 December 2006 to establish a committee to be known as the:



Undertakethe management of the property known as the  Village which is owned by the District Council of Loxton Waikerie and promote the facility as a regional tourist museum.

The committee formed under the direction and guidance of the Council, is to maintain the character of the village, and acquire, restore, preserve and display items of local historical significance to the Loxton, Riverland and Mallee districts from the period 1891 – 1950 inclusive, enhance the potential of the collection by displaying objects and artifacts in a village museum context depicting the lifestyles, skills and technical developments of an era now past, enchance the status, recognition and credibility of the Village by meeting standards as a Registered and Accredited Museum under the Museum and Grants program administered by the History Trust of SA attend to the up keep and maintenance of all property and assets and keeping the same at all times in good order, repair and condition as best it can with the financial resources that is available to the committee, provide educational and informative displays and encourage public interest relating to any of the above items.


The committee shall consist of not less than five (5) or more than nine (9) members.

The committee shall comprise of representatives from: five (5) persons nominated by the District Council of Loxton Waikerie and four (4) persons who are registered volunteers of the  Village   approved by Council. 

The chairman of the committee shall be appointed by Council.

The members of the committee shall be appointed or removed by resolution of Council and may consist of or include persons who are not members of the Council.

Members of the committee shall hold office from the date of their appointment for a term until the first meeting of council following the next general council election, and shall be eligible for re-appointment.

The Mayor shall be an ex officio member of the management committee.


A quorum shall consist of half the appointed members plus one, but shall not include the Mayor unless actually present.


No civil Liability shall attach to a member of a committee for an honest act or omission in the exercise performance or discharge or purported exercise, performance or discharge of the members or committee’s functions or duties. A liability that would but for the foregoing attach to a member of a committee, attaches instead to the Council.


The provisions of sections 73, 74 and 75 of the Local Government Act 1999 will apply to all members of the committee, in relation to meetings and any business or proposed business of the committee.


The provisions of section 68 of the Local Government Act 1999 will not apply to members of the committee.


The committee shall be subject to the provisions of the Local Government (Procedures at Meetings) Regulations 2000, Part 3.

The committee shall meet at least quarterlyandwhenever requested by any of the following:-

  • the Council
  • the Chairman of the committee
  • any two members jointly

Unless by agreement within the committee, a notice of meeting and agenda shall be provided to each committee member at least 3 clear days before each meeting.

The Order of Business of each meeting shall be:- 

  • Opening and Welcome
  • Apologies
  • Minutes of Previous Meeting
  • Business Arising
  • Correspondence
  • Financial Statement YTD
  • Reports -  Chairman
  • Other Business
  • Close


Administration support will be provided by Council (if required) to a person mutually agreed to by the Village Committee and Council. This person will take on the role and responsibilities of Executive Officer of the committee.

If the Executive Officer is an officer of Council or a non management committee person, then the Executive Officer will not have any voting rights.

A copy of the Minutes of every meeting, together with a year to date financial statement shall be provided to the Chief Executive Officer for inclusion in the agenda of the next Council Meeting.

Where a particular matter requires the specific resolution or the attention of the Council, the minutes will be accompanied by a report from the Executive Officer.

The committee is accountable to the District Council of Loxton Waikerie in all things.


The committee is responsible to develop an annual Business Plan including budget requirements which must be submitted to Council in April of each year.

The budget must also set out a schedule of all fees and charges associated with The Village for which the committee is responsible.

Any surplus income generated in excess of the approved budget can be spent on The Village property at the discretion of the management committee.


Should a dispute arise over any matter, the decision of the Council will be final.


Council shall be responsible for the insurance of its own assets and liabilities only insofar as it has an insurable interest.

Where an asset is occupied or used by a third party, that body shall be responsible for the insurance of its own goods & chattels and any liability which it may incur as the result of the use or occupancy of Councils premises and evidence of a $10m Public Risk policy will be required by the committee. 


The committee shall if using the services of any volunteers,

  • maintain a register of volunteers
  • provide each volunteer with a volunteer’s information kit.
  • ensure safe work practices are undertaken and adhered to.


The committee must ensure that an inspection of The Village is conducted before and after any hire arrangement, to ensure that they are maintained in a clean & sound condition.

The committee may require a bond to be paid before any hiring of the facility is undertaken.

Any third party hiring or occupying the facility will be required to insure its own goods & chattels and provide evidence to the management committee of a $10m Public Liability policy which indemnifies Council and the committee or take out a policy under Councils Public and Products Liability insurance (Special Events permit).


All assets and property which the committee cares for, controls or manages shall be and remain the property of the Council including any improvements, fixture and fittings located in or on the facility at any time irrespective of whether the committee or the Council purchased or installed them.

Council acknowledges that the former Loxton Historical Village Society has raised funds in the past for the benefit of the village and that it currently maintains a bank account of $19,000-00. (as at 15 December 2006)

Council will hold the amount of $19,000-00 in an investment account titled the “Loxton Historical Village Investment Account” and these funds are to be spent on the future development of the LoxtonHistoricalVillage as determined by the committee.


Council may at any time amend or alter the Terms of Reference by resolution of the Council.

The committee shall annually review these Terms of Reference to ensure that they properly reflect the role and function of the committee.


The committee shall be responsible to the District Council of Loxton Waikerie for the management, maintenance and administration of the Property and Assets known as The Village.

The committee shall be responsible for the operations of the committee, expenditure of the committee budget and supervision of volunteers and contractors.

The committee shall at all times keep the property buildings in good order, repair and condition as best they can with the financial resources available.

The committee may impose such rules on the general public admitted so as to maintain good order, cleanliness and safety to the general public, employees and volunteers.

The committee shall keep or cause to be kept, an up to date register of all buildings and items whether on display or in storage and such register shall contain information concerning the origin of such items, date purchased or acquired, and if on loan, the name and address of the owner.

The committee has no delegated regulatory authority or function on behalf of the Council.

The committee may recommend fees and charges and expend monies on behalf of the Council within the approved committee budget and annual business plan submitted to and approved by Council.

No power is given to act outside of the approved budget without the approval of Council.

The committee has no authority to maintain a bank account.

The committee can expend funds it raises during the year on The  Village which has not been allocated as income in the budget.

The committee has no power to engage or dismiss staff, other than routine Council contractors for the purposes of carrying out the work of the committee.

The Executive Officer of the committee is responsible at all times for the supervision of staff.

The committee may establish sub committees for no greater period than 12 months for any specific purpose projects.

All sub committees will be bound by the Terms of Reference of The Village Committee.

Any sub committee of The Village Committee established under the Terms of Reference must be chaired by a member of the  committee.

The Chairman of The Village Committee will be a ex officio member of any sub committee so established.

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